Lenin: A Revolutionary Life

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Routledge, Jan 11, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
3 Reviews

From a highly distinguished author on the subject, this biography is an excellent scholarly introduction to one of the key figures of the Russian Revolution and post-Tsarist Russia. Not only does it make use of archive material made newly available in the glasnost and post-Soviet eras, it re-examines traditional sources as well, providing an original interpretation of Lenin's life and historical importance.

Focal points of this study are:

  • Lenin's revolutionary ascetic personality
  • how he exploited culture, education and propaganda
  • his relationship to Marxism
  • his changing class analysis of Russia
  • his 'populist' instincts.

A prominent figure at the forefront of debates on the Russina revolution, Read makes sure that Lenin remains in his place as a highly influential and significant figure of the recent past.

  

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Honestly, that one was really good and informative. The author tried to be as impartial as possible and simply told the story of Lenin's life. Plain and simple. Read full review

Review: Lenin: A Revolutionary Life (Routledge Historical Biographies)

User Review  - Richard - Goodreads

Not having read or learned much about Russian history, and hearing so much negativity bout Lenin and Stalin, I decided to start with this biography as my entry point. I am so glad I did. The author ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Choosing revolution
4
2 Laying the foundations of Leninism 18961902
29
3 Constructing Leninism
63
4 Imperialism war and revolution
106
5 From the Finland station to the Winter Palace
142
6 From classroom to laboratory early experiments
184
7 Revolutionary war
205
8 Reevaluation succession and testament
256
Lenin lived Lenin lives Lenin will live forever
283
Notes
292
Further Reading
300
Index
303
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About the author (2013)

Christopher Read is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Warwick.  He is author of From Tsar to Soviets: The Russian People and Their Revolution, 1917-21 (1996), Culture and Power in Revolutionary Russia (1990) and The Making and Breaking of the Soviet System (2001).

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